Mr. Kolijn has managed and contributed to various multidisciplinary coastal engineering studies and research initiatives in the Caribbean. Mr. Kolijn has an academic engineering background in the study of natural and built coral reef environments and has contributed to nearshore water quality and erosion consulting studies throughout the Caribbean in Barbados, St. Vincent, Costa Rica, Mustique, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands and Trinidad. He has experience on both large public and private projects funded by sources such as the Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, USAID and private development investors.
Mr. Kolijn has experience with the collection and analysis of hydrodynamic and water quality field-data, numerical and physical modeling of morphological, pollutant fate and hydrodynamic processes, as well as engineering design of waterfronts, beaches and water resources related strategies. Within a coastal engineering context, Mr. Kolijn has also contributed to project risk assessment, hazard identification, climate change studies, and facilitated technical training workshops for government agencies.
Mr. Kolijn has an MSc. in Coastal Engineering from the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands, and also holds a MEng. degree in Hydrotechnical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.
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